Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plans Workshop

As part of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering’s (CISE) commitment to broaden participation in computing (BPC), a number of NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) programs now require PIs to have a meaningful broadening participation in computing (BPC) plan at time of award. Computing departments are encouraged to develop departmental BPC plans that faculty can use in their proposals submitted to these NSF programs.

To support departments developing a Departmental BPC Plan, the Computing Research Association (CRA) will host a series of free workshops funded by NSF. The first two workshops in this series will be held virtually on July 13-14, 2020 and August 6-7, 2020.

These two workshops will present the same content on BPC plans, and include hands-on activities and real-time feedback for writing these plans. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have their own draft Departmental BPC Plan. Following the workshops, the participants will also have the opportunity to receive additional feedback as they continue to refine their BPC plans.


The Departmental BPC Plan Workshops are free and open to computing department faculty and administrators who will be developing Departmental Plans for their department. Applicants do not need to have prior experience developing departmental BPC plans.

To Apply:

The deadline to apply for the July workshop is July 8th, 2020. Click here to apply for the July workshop.

The deadline to apply for the August workshop is July 26th, 2020. Click here to apply for the August workshop.


BPC Plan Workshop Series Steering Committee

Nancy Amato

Nancy Amato

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Colleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tracy Camp

Tracy Camp

Colorado School of Mines

Ronald Metoyer

Ronald Metoyer

University of Notre Dame

Mary Hall

Mary Hall

University of Utah

General Logistics

This workshop will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees will be provided information on how to join the workshop via email after the application closes and the attendee list is finalized. 

Technical requirements for joining the workshop can be found here:

CRA will provide ASL interpreters and closed captioning upon request. Please submit your request in the workshop application. If you have any questions, please contact us at


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Day 1 Sessions Time (ET)
Welcome and logistics overview #1
Burçin Tamer (Computing Research Association)
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Overview of BPC Plans
Margaret Martonosi, Jeff Forbes, Allyson Kennedy, Jill Denner, Michelle Rogers (National Science Foundation)
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
15-minute Break 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Departmental BPC Plan Introduction: Context and Goals
Mary Hall (University of Utah)
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Departmental BPC Plan Introduction: Activities
Colleen Lewis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM
15-minute Break 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Plan Development: Context and Goals, and Activities
Break-out session
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
15-minute Break 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Departmental BPC Plan Introduction: Evaluation
Tracy Camp (Colorado School of Mines)
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Plan Development: Evaluation
Break-out session
3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Wrap-up of Day 1
Nancy Amato (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Day 2 Sessions Time (ET)
Welcome and logistics overview #2
Burçin Tamer (Computing Research Association)
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Plenary session: Overcoming Institutional Barriers & Finalizing a Plan
Ron Metoyer (University of Notre Dame)
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
15-minute Break 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Plan Review #1
Break-out session
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
15-minute Break 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Plan Review #2
Break-out session
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Closing session and final Q&A
Nancy Amato (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM


Agenda is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Plan Development sessions are breakout sessions when participants will be working on their BPC plans. Consultants will be available to answer questions during this time. 

If you have any questions, please contact for more information.